Area of Study: Woodwinds

Oboe at YSM

The oboe program at the Yale School of Music offers training in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance, as well as such topics as reed making and oboe pedagogy. Oboists take private lessons and attend weekly seminars and are encouraged to explore as broad a repertoire as possible, including the performance of Baroque and contemporary music.

In addition to performing solo repertoire, oboe students participate in chamber music, an integral part of the Yale School of Music experience. They also play in various ensembles in the New Music New Haven concert series and in the School’s orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, which offers students the experience of performing a wide variety of repertoire under the leadership of acclaimed guest conductors.

faculty spotlight

Stephen Taylor
Lecturer in Oboe

Stephen Taylor

Faculty oboist Stephen Taylor, an accomplished solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, is one of the most sought-after oboists in the country.

Degrees + Programs

Master of Music

The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.

Master of Musical Arts

The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.

Artist Diploma

The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.

Certificate in Performance

The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.


The bachelor of arts/master of music (B.A./M.M) program is designed for young instrumentalists also interested in pursuing a liberal arts education.

Perform at Yale
At the Yale School of Music, there are numerous opportunities to perform in the School’s historic concert halls and throughout New Haven.
YSM’s intimate environment provided me with the opportunity to develop my interests and focus my goals.
James Austin Smith, oboe, ’08MM